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Neoclassical Period Collection

Neoclassical Furniture (FRANCE AND UNITED KINGDOM, CA. 1750)
Neoclassical Furniture (FRANCE AND UNITED KINGDOM, CA. 1750)

Neoclassical design emerged in Europe in the 1750s, as the Age of Enlightenment reached full flower. Furniture took its cues from the styles of ancient Rome and Athens: symmetrical, ordered, dignified forms with such details as tapered and fluted chair and table legs, backrest finials and scrolled arms. Over a period of some 20 years, first in France and later in Britain, Neoclassical design — also known as Louis XVI, or Louis Seize — would supersede the lithe and curvaceous Rococo or Louis XV style.


The first half of the 18th century had seen a rebirth of interest in classical antiquity. The "Grand Tour" of Europe, codified as a part of the proper education of a patrician gentleman, included an extended visit to Rome. Some ventured further, to sketch the ruins of ancient Greece. These drawings and others — particularly those derived from the surprising and rich archaeological discoveries in the 1730s and ’40s at the sites of the Roman cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum — caused great excitement among intellectuals and aesthetes alike.


Neoclassical furniture is meant to reflect both grace and power. The overall appearance of Neoclassical chairs, tables and cabinetry is strong and rectilinear. These pieces are, in effect, classical architecture in miniature: chair and tables legs are shaped like columns; cabinets are constructed with elements that mirror friezes and pediments.


Yet Neoclassicism is enlivened by gilt and silver leaf, marquetry, and carved and applied ornamental motifs based on Greek and Roman sculpture: acanthus leaves, garlands, laurel wreathes, sheaves of arrow, medallions and chair splats are carved in the shapes of lyres and urns. As you can see from the furniture shown on these pages, there is a bit of whimsy in such stately pieces — a touch of lightness that will always keep Neoclassicism fresh.

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Set of Four Carved Classical Side Chairs, New York
Located in Providence, RI
These chairs are of the type known as "side chairs," which fit nicely for example alongside either a chest or a card table in a hallway. Also, these may be considered "boudoir chairs...
Category

19th Century American American Classical Antique Neoclassical Period Collection

Materials

Mahogany

Louis XVI design Fautueil constructed in Walnut, Italy c. 1780
Located in Atlanta, GA
A fine Louis XVI period Fauteuil, with Neoclassical carved designs throughout the exposed Walnut frame. Dating from the fourth quarter of the 1700s, and Italian in origin. The ov...
Category

Late 18th Century Italian Neoclassical Antique Neoclassical Period Collection

Materials

Upholstery, Walnut

Pair of 19th Century White Louis XVI Armchairs in Beige Linen
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Pair of beautifully carved white Louis XVI style armchairs, upholstered in beige linen.
Category

19th Century French Louis XV Antique Neoclassical Period Collection

Materials

Wood, Linen

Rare Set of Four Italian Neoclassic Silver Gilt Armchairs
Located in Miami, FL
The oval back with stop fluting above a similarly decorated frieze on round tapering fluted legs, can be sold in pairs.
Category

Late 18th Century Italian Antique Neoclassical Period Collection

Materials

Vermeil, Silver

A Fine & Rare Pair of Stools by Jean Baptiste Lelarge III, 18th Century
By Jean Baptiste Lelarge III
Located in Sheffield, MA
A Fine & Rare Pair of Louis XVI Painted & Giltwood Stools Stamped Lelarge 18th Century Jean Baptiste Lelarge III Maitre 1775 Height of back 24 in. Height of seat ...
Category

18th Century and Earlier French Louis XVI Antique Neoclassical Period Collection

Set of 16 Klismos-Form Dining Chairs
Located in New York, NY
Boston, Massachusetts, circa 1820. Mahogany (secondary woods: Birch and maple; slip seats: Birch and pine) Measures: 33 1/4 in. high, 18 5/8 in. wide, 19 ¼ in. deep (overall). E...
Category

19th Century American Neoclassical Antique Neoclassical Period Collection

Materials

Mahogany

French Directoire Period Bergere
Located in Charleston, SC
French Directoire period blue-gray painted bergere, newly-upholstered in lovely blue and gold toile fabric based on a museum-archived pattern. Very pure neoclassical detailing and form.
Category

Late 18th Century French Directoire Antique Neoclassical Period Collection

Materials

Upholstery, Wood

Pair of Consulat Mahogany Armchairs
Located in Boston, MA
The rectangular arched padded back above a padded seat and tapering front legs topped with the head of a sphinx and ending in paw feet.
Category

19th Century French Antique Neoclassical Period Collection

Materials

Wood, Fabric

Carved Mahogany Classical Sofa, Possibly Portsmouth, New Hampshire
Located in Providence, RI
This sofa is a tour de force of the best carving with quite individualistic carved design, for example, note the beautifully carved elements above the leg (see detail). Also interest...
Category

19th Century American Neoclassical Antique Neoclassical Period Collection

Materials

Mahogany

Pair of Swedish Neoclassic Cream Painted, Parcel-Gilt Armchairs
Located in Miami, FL
The cartouche shaped back with carved foliate swag with upholstered seat back, above curved arms, the whole resting on square tapering legs termination with a toupie foot, the whole ...
Category

18th Century and Earlier Swedish Antique Neoclassical Period Collection

Materials

Paint, Upholstery, Wood

18th-19th Century French Louis XVI Chaise Lounge, Signed "Pillot"
Located in Atlanta, GA
18th-19th century French Louis XVI upholstered chaise lounge, signed "Pillot".
Category

Early 19th Century French Louis XVI Antique Neoclassical Period Collection

Materials

Upholstery, Wood

Rare Pair of 18th Century Child's Bergères Stamped Nadal-Laine
By Jean Nadal L'aine
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
An important pair of period child's bergère chairs, of walnut; each oval padded backrest in gadrooned frame, outswept arms with padded elbow rests on reeded splayed terminals, loose...
Category

1770s French Louis XVI Antique Neoclassical Period Collection

Materials

Upholstery, Wood

Classical Carved Mahogany Settee, Providence, RI, circa 1820-1830
Located in Providence, RI
This is a phenomenal settee with exuberant carving throughout. It appears quite animated with eagle heads at the ends of each arm followed by beautifully developed reeding, all of wh...
Category

19th Century American Neoclassical Antique Neoclassical Period Collection

Materials

Mahogany

19th Century West Indies Jamaican Regency Mahogany Upholstered Recamier
Located in Charleston, SC
A Caribbean 19th century Jamaican Regency mahogany and upholstered recamier, circa 1830, featuring scroll arm and stylized carvings of lotus and foliage motifs. The casters are origi...
Category

19th Century Jamaican Regency Antique Neoclassical Period Collection

Materials

Upholstery, Mahogany

Pair of Russian Neoclassic Circassian Walnut and Parcel-Gilt Chairs
Located in Miami, FL
The carved and pierced parcel-gilt scroll and wood back over scrolling arms and splayed legs.
Category

19th Century Russian Antique Neoclassical Period Collection

Mahogany Neoclassical Armchair or Lolling Chair Attributed to Duncan Phyfe
Located in Providence, RI
A bowed crest rail which is shaped and molded is followed by shaped styles all of which are restrained and tastefully executed. The embellishment is reserved for the arm supports whi...
Category

Early 19th Century American Neoclassical Antique Neoclassical Period Collection

Materials

Mahogany

3 Mid-Century Modern Neoclassical Slipper / Lounge Chairs, Pierre Lottier, 1940
By Pierre Lottier
Located in New York, NY
Pair of Slipper, Fireplace or Lounge Chairs in dark green leather by French / Spanish designer, Pierre Lottier.The chairs are in a neoclasslical X frame form in wood with leather cov...
Category

Mid-20th Century Spanish Mid-Century Modern Neoclassical Period Collection

Materials

Leather, Wood

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